The Garden State’s voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize personal marijuana use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then in February of 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed a cannabis legalization bill that became law. It took a while but finally, in August the regs were set by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) to allow for cannabis use for people 21 years of age or older if it is being used on private property and is six ounces or less. Dianna Houenou is the chair of the Commission and has gone on record suggesting retail sales won’t begin until 2022. Previous to the CRC she was Policy Counsel with the New Jersey branch of the American Civil Liberties Union-NJ. One of the reasons for the law is to combat unjust incarceration, mostly of people of color. “Our current marijuana prohibition laws have failed every test of social justice, which is why for years I’ve strongly supported the legalization of adult-use cannabis,” Murphy had said. “Maintaining a status quo that allows tens of thousands, disproportionately people of color, to be arrested in New Jersey each year for low-level drug offenses is unjust and indefensible.

Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 12/28/2021 07:36:00

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